Life in the Fasting Lane: How to Make Intermittent Fasting a Lifestyle - and Reap the Benefits of Weight Loss and Better Health

Life in the Fasting Lane: How to Make Intermittent Fasting a Lifestyle - and Reap the Benefits of Weight Loss and Better Health

Life in the Fasting Lane: How to Make Intermittent Fasting a Lifestyle - and Reap the Benefits of Weight Loss and Better Health

Life in the Fasting Lane: How to Make Intermittent Fasting a Lifestyle - and Reap the Benefits of Weight Loss and Better Health


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Take the guesswork (and fear) out of fasting with real-life and expert advice

In recent years, intermittent fasting—restricting calorie intake for a set number of hours or days—has become an increasingly popular diet strategy. While some in the medical community initially dismissed the idea as a dangerous fad, recent research not only validates the safety of fasting for weight loss but also offers compelling evidence of wide-ranging health benefits, from reversal of diabetes and other metabolic disorders to enhanced cognitive function and increased longevity.

But for many who are eager to try out fasting, the regimen can feel a bit intimidating. After all, abstaining from food doesn’t sound like much fun. People rightly wonder: How often can I eat? Will I be able to focus at work? Will I have enough energy to exercise? And perhaps the most concerning question of all: Won’t I be hungry all the time?!

Enter Dr. Jason Fung—world-renowned fasting expert—his colleague, Megan Ramos, and Eve Mayer, who has experienced the life-changing benefits of fasting through Dr. Fung’s program. Together, they’ve teamed up to write a one-of-a-kind guide that answers the most common questions people have about fasting—and offers a customizable program that provides real results.

In Life in the Fasting Lane, Dr. Fung, Ramos, and Mayer take the reader by the hand and walk them through the basics of a fasting lifestyle—from the science behind fasting as a health and weight loss strategy to the real-life choices and dilemmas people commonly encounter. While Dr. Fung and Ramos explain the fundamentals of fasting and offer a customizable approach, Mayer shares her in-the-trenches perspective and hard-won knowledge as a success story who turned her life around with fasting.

With chapters that address everything from meal planning to mental strategies; exercise to socializing, Life in the Fasting Lane is a unique and accessible guide to developing a sustainable and beneficial fasting routine that offers dramatic, lifelong results.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062969446
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/07/2020
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 87,565
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Dr. Jason Fung is a physician, author, and researcher. His groundbreaking science-based books, The Diabetes CodeThe Obesity Code, and The Complete Guide to Fasting have sold over one million copies and challenged the conventional wisdom about type 2 diabetes, weight loss, and fasting. Dr. Fung is also the co-founder of The Fasting Method (, a program to help people lose weight and reverse Type 2 Diabetes naturally with fasting. His work on fasting has been cited by CNN, The New York Times, TimeThe AtlanticForbesThe Toronto Star, and many other media outlets. 

Eve Mayer is a speaker, author, and entrepreneur recognized by Forbes as one of the most influential women in social media and as one of the 8 women to follow on Twitter by CNN. After decades of struggling with obesity and reaching 300 pounds, she discovered fasting and changed her life. Eve speaks and consults worldwide on digital marketing, diversity and inclusion, wellness and fasting. Eve has over 120,000 followers at Twitter as @EveMayerMedia and is the host of the Life in the Fasting Lane podcast.

Megan Ramos is a clinical educator. She joined Dr. Jason Fung and his colleagues as a research student with a keen interest in preventative medicine when she was just 15 years old and has since become a leading expert on therapeutic fasting and low-carbohydrate diets. She joined Dr. Fung to co-found The Fasting Method by IDM in 2012, which uses intermittent fasting and low-carb diets to help people achieve weight loss, Type 2 Diabetes remission, and improve symptoms associated with metabolic syndrome.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Part I Fasting, Food, and Hormones

Chapter 1 The Science of Fasting 3

Chapter 2 Beyond Science: The Mental and Emotional Benefits of Fasting 21

Chapter 3 Hormones and the Hunger Bully 27

Chapter 4 Forget Calorie Restriction 42

Chapter 5 A Path to Healthier Eating 55

Chapter 6 Prepare to Think Differently About Food 66

Part II Prepare to Fast

Chapter 7 Ready, Set, Goal! 83

Chapter 8 Get Your House in Shape and Your Family on Board 95

Chapter 9 Sex, Pregnancy, and Fasting 105

Chapter 10 Working with Your Doctor 110

Chapter 11 Letting Go of Shame 116

Part III Your Fasting Plan

Chapter 12 Fasting Simplified 123

Chapter 13 Stop Snacking 135

Chapter 14 Stepping into Fasting 141

Chapter 15 Exercise for Health, Not Weight Loss 152

Chapter 16 Feasting Without Guilt 162

Chapter 17 Meeting Your Goals and Going the Extra Mile 179

Part VI Problem Solve Your Fast

Chapter 18 Solving Health Complaints 193

Chapter 19 Mind Tricks While Fasting 198

Chapter 20 Fasting with a Social Life 209

Chapter 21 Getting Back on Track 222

Chapter 22 Finding a Community 227

Chapter 23 Living Your New Life 236

Afterword: Is Bariatric Surgery for You? 240

Acknowledgments 247

Fasting Glossary 251

Sources 257

Index 261

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